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The app can diagnose urinary tract infections in about an hour.

A new app developed by University of California, Santa Barbara scientists and colleagues enables a smartphone to rapidly diagnose urinary tract infections.

Credit: Peter Allen, Brian Long

A multi-institutional team led by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers has developed an application and laboratory kit that enable smartphones to identify bacteria from patients anywhere in the world in only 60 minutes.

The researchers say their system rapidly and accurately diagnoses urinary tract infections.

The app employs a smartphone camera to quantify a chemical reaction and make a diagnosis in an affordable and simple manner, which means the test can be conducted in far-flung locations.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's Jeffrey Fried says, "The app enables early-stage diagnosis and intervention, which is particularly important in the context of multidrug-resistant pathogens for which treatment options are highly limited."

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